iSDA aims to deliver positive impact at scale to smallholder farming in the developing world with an initial focus on sub-Saharan Africa. We do this through the development of open-source and commercially available digital tools for the management of soils and cropland agricultural systems.
Founded by three research institutes – Rothamsted Research, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) – iSDA is a self-sustaining, not-for-profit organisation that will carry forward the legacy of the African Soils Information Service (AfSIS).
Over the past decade and with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the AfSIS team of soil scientists, software developers and mathematicians has delivered ground-breaking open innovation through the development of freely available geospatial and spectral analysis tools and techniques that can be used to map entire continents rapidly at relatively low cost.
iSDA is building on this legacy ensuring the long-term sustainability of the AfSIS data and software tools by bringing them together into a single open platform where they will continue to be maintained and developed. It will build user-friendly products and services around the open data at scale and achieving long-term impact by making the tools more accessible.
We are looking to support, service and develop partnerships with:
- National and local government, policy makers, development banks/agencies, NGOs and research projects
- Advisory/service businesses to farmers
- National agricultural researchers and development specialists
- Soil and plant testing labs
- Academic community & students
- Commercial enterprises